Enthusiasts build more than just airplanes

06/22/2009 | Frederick News-Post (Md.), The

For some pilots, just flying an aircraft isn't good enough -- they want to build the plane they fly in. "You get a real charge out of flying something you had a hand in building," says Maryland pilot Herb Jones. Like many other enthusiasts, Jones is a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association, which recently partnered with AOPA to promote the interests of general aviation. Gerard Blake, a former educator, says EAA helps to interest a new generation in all the opportunities that aviation represents. "Our EAA Young Eagles Program tries to expose young people to the entire aerospace world, including engineering and aerodynamics -- a whole wonderful world of exciting job opportunities," Blake said.

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